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(The New York Times)   Newt Gingrich will skip future debates if the crowd can't cheer him on as he attacks the media instead of answering the questions he is asked   (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 133
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2012-01-24 02:04:53 PM
But how will the people watching on TV know that I did good if the morons in the crowd don't cheer at everything I say?
 
2012-01-24 02:06:02 PM

monoski: I wonder how Newt would feel if a bunch of Fark members were audience???


Thin?
 
2012-01-24 02:06:28 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: monoski: I wonder how Newt would feel if a bunch of Fark members were audience???

Thin?


*snert*
 
2012-01-24 02:07:37 PM
As I said in the earlier debate thread, every graduation I've ever been to asked that applause be held to the end.

It's because they hate free speech, I'm sure.

Shaggy_C: It's kind of like a stand up comic without a crowd. Without the cheering you have no idea if the jokes are landing. Hard to keep up an energy level when no one is egging you on.


There once was a time politicians held positions that didn't change every time they got in front of a new crowd. I think.
 
2012-01-24 02:08:14 PM
I would love for someone in a debate to tell Newt to settle down and go sit in the back of the plane just to watch him turn red.
 
2012-01-24 02:09:05 PM

GAT_00: God dammit Newt, quit it. You show everyone how stupid you really are there won't be a brokered convention.


That's why he wants the audience to be able to applaud. Awkward silence leaves people time to think. If they can cheer, then they'll be ready to applaud a zinger instead of think about a policy position.
 
2012-01-24 02:10:31 PM

Diogenes: The ego must be fed.

Calista's slacking sucking.


/barf.
 
2012-01-24 02:10:53 PM
Really? This one? How many, "New vs Media" references do we need?

/Better headline.
//Used an American Idol reference
 
2012-01-24 02:11:30 PM
Great. I started thinking about "audience participation" and now I'm struggling to keep an image of Tim Curry Newt in drag out of my imagination.

And now you are too.
 
2012-01-24 02:11:33 PM

Aarontology: he's such a wussy that he needs a fawning, sycophantic audience or else he can't debate


That also happens to describe his choice in concubines

/as long as you place "debate" in quotes
 
2012-01-24 02:11:35 PM
I Said
If nothing else, the audiences at these GOP debates have proven to be more despicable than Newt is.

True. In SC they loudly booed the golden rule then voted for the biggest asshole they could find. It says more about politically active SC GOPers than anything. They suck.
 
2012-01-24 02:13:12 PM
This country needs a refresher course on what constitutes a debate.
 
2012-01-24 02:13:44 PM
because crowds cheering for 15 mins to BS spin their politicians response sure will make it more informative.
 
2012-01-24 02:16:19 PM

ManateeGag: He does realize that, if elected, there's not going to be a crown to cheer or boo every policy that comes across his desk, right?


I don't know, he might go all Ceauşescu on us and order mandatory rallies to support him.
 
2012-01-24 02:17:27 PM
Newt in 1998: "How dare Clinton have an affair! Impeach him!"

Newt in 2012: "How dare the media mention my affairs! Vote for me!"

Adultery: Bad for Democrats. OK for Republicans.
 
2012-01-24 02:18:04 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: This country needs a refresher course on what constitutes a debate.


I would love to see a strictly moderated actual debate structure in these things. It's not wildly easy with 9 people on stage, but it would be doable, and you could even have a round-robin tournament pre-the first primary.

Never happen, though.
 
2012-01-24 02:19:23 PM
He loves those cheers, music to his ears.
 
2012-01-24 02:19:37 PM

I Said: monoski: I wonder how Newt would feel if a bunch of Fark members were audience???

I'm sure Newt would be "rah rah my-idea-of-what-free-speech-is" if he heard:



He may have you classified as an "activist Judge" and thrown in jail. I think that was one of his brilliant ideas to subvert the constitution he loves so much that it drives him to have affairs.
 
2012-01-24 02:19:46 PM

I Said: Does ANYONE know what 'free speech' means at this point?


Newt would. He's an historian for god sake.
 
2012-01-24 02:22:41 PM
Classic narcissism. If we elect this guy to the big chair, the planet is hosed.

/Ship him over to North Korea where he can supplant the current Dear Leader
 
2012-01-24 02:26:50 PM

make me some tea: And not to belabor an old cliche, but this is exactly how a sort of guy like Aldolf Hitler takes power in a democracy. With a huge, ignorant crowd cheering him on with his bluster.


"So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." -- Padmé Amidala
/not sure why I think quoting George Lucas screenplays cancels out Godwinning
 
2012-01-24 02:30:34 PM
How's he supposed to work up a good retarded tirade - a tardrade, if you will - without a bunch of spittle-flecked morons cheering him on?
 
2012-01-24 02:32:47 PM

lennavan: gilgigamesh: It would be funny if the networks stood together, called his bluff, and said, "Fine, participate or don't; we will make our own rules for our debates".

Then watch Newt fold and come crawling back. What else is he going to do? Yell at the wall?

This. Newt is dependent upon the media, not the other way around. I don't want to see answers pandering to a crowd, I want to see his actual beliefs and positions.

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9/11


www.threadbombing.com
 
2012-01-24 02:34:36 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: Newt in 1998: "How dare Clinton have an affair! Impeach him!"

Newt in 2012: "How dare the media mention my affairs! Vote for me!"

Adultery: Bad for Democrats. OK for Republicans.


I'm stealing this by the way. Hope you don't mind.
 
2012-01-24 02:35:02 PM
So Newt is the fat white guy that has multiple marriages and rants about liberal conspiracies into microphones, Mitt is the ultra-wealthy guy who never had to worry about anything and fights to lower his own taxes, and Santorum is the hyper-religious guy who wants to inject his religious morality into law.

It's as if the Republicans identified their caricatures and sought them out as presidential candidates. It reads like a lazy SNL skit of stereotypical Republicans.
 
2012-01-24 02:37:10 PM

nevirus: So Newt is the fat white guy that has multiple marriages and rants about liberal conspiracies into microphones, Mitt is the ultra-wealthy guy who never had to worry about anything and fights to lower his own taxes, and Santorum is the hyper-religious guy who wants to inject his religious morality into law.

It's as if the Republicans identified their caricatures and sought them out as presidential candidates. It reads like a lazy SNL skit of stereotypical Republicans.


Gingrich played by Norm MacDonald the year before he was fired from the show, Santorum played by special guest Dan Savage...
 
2012-01-24 02:39:29 PM

what_now: Uh..Newt? The debates are all you have. You're an angry old white man, and you are good at riling up other angry old white men. If you have to run without taking mean spirited pop shots at the media, Obama, liberals, women, gays, Mitt Romney, Iran, Fidel Castro, Muslims and people who only have the one wife, you aren't going to win any more primaries.


Maybe he's back in "this was just supposed to be a book tour, I need to find a way out before they actually make me run for President" mode.
 
2012-01-24 02:40:53 PM
And to be fair.. democrats have used audience response to their zingers in the past as well.

/Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy
 
2012-01-24 02:41:57 PM
Pssshhh. King should have had Newt removed from the debate after his little tantrum. These debates are a favor to the candidates, not a right.
 
2012-01-24 02:43:09 PM

A Dark Evil Omen: nevirus: So Newt is the fat white guy that has multiple marriages and rants about liberal conspiracies into microphones, Mitt is the ultra-wealthy guy who never had to worry about anything and fights to lower his own taxes, and Santorum is the hyper-religious guy who wants to inject his religious morality into law.

It's as if the Republicans identified their caricatures and sought them out as presidential candidates. It reads like a lazy SNL skit of stereotypical Republicans.

Gingrich played by Norm MacDonald the year before he was fired from the show, Santorum played by special guest Dan Savage...


Dana Carvey returning as Ron Paul?
 
2012-01-24 02:43:23 PM

propasaurus: markie_farkie: You know who else got off on large crowds of vocal supporters cheering him on while he was in a full-on spittle-flecked apoplectic fit of rage?

Obama?
/too easy


Yes, it is easy making lazy and nonsensical responses that fall flat on their face.
 
2012-01-24 02:43:43 PM

dletter: And to be fair.. democrats have used audience response to their zingers in the past as well.

/Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy


Both sides are the bad, so cheer for the Republican.
 
2012-01-24 02:44:58 PM
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2012-01-24 02:45:29 PM
Larry King: Now even though we're being broadcast on... FOX, there's no need for obnoxious hooting and hollering.
[the entire audience hoots and hollers obnoxiously]
 
2012-01-24 02:47:45 PM
lerxst2112 : I'm stealing this by the way. Hope you don't mind.

Fine by me, as long as I get 10% of any Internets you win with it.
 
2012-01-24 02:49:17 PM

nevirus: So Newt is the fat white guy that has multiple marriages and rants about liberal conspiracies into microphones, Mitt is the ultra-wealthy guy who never had to worry about anything and fights to lower his own taxes, and Santorum is the hyper-religious guy who wants to inject his religious morality into law.

It's as if the Republicans identified their caricatures and sought them out as presidential candidates. It reads like a lazy SNL skit of stereotypical Republicans.


SNL, even in the height of the Dana Carvey years, could NEVER produce the sheer volume of lols that this wankfest has done.
 
2012-01-24 02:49:55 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: dletter: And to be fair.. democrats have used audience response to their zingers in the past as well.

/Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy

Both sides are the bad, so cheer for the Republican.


Far from it, I am fairly left-leaning in ideology, I was just making a point.
 
2012-01-24 02:52:19 PM

Lunaville: A Dark Evil Omen: nevirus: So Newt is the fat white guy that has multiple marriages and rants about liberal conspiracies into microphones, Mitt is the ultra-wealthy guy who never had to worry about anything and fights to lower his own taxes, and Santorum is the hyper-religious guy who wants to inject his religious morality into law.

It's as if the Republicans identified their caricatures and sought them out as presidential candidates. It reads like a lazy SNL skit of stereotypical Republicans.

Gingrich played by Norm MacDonald the year before he was fired from the show, Santorum played by special guest Dan Savage...

Dana Carvey returning as Ron Paul?


Yes!
 
2012-01-24 02:54:48 PM
Easiest way for the media to deal with this: agree to Newt's terms, then pack the audience with hippies.

"Audience, in accordance with Mr. Gingrich's wishes, please express your reactions if the manner you consider appropriate."

Hell, that would even get ME to watch a GOP debate.

Well, OK, you caught me. I wouldn't actually watch it, but I'd catch the highlights on the net.
 
2012-01-24 02:57:06 PM

tomasso: Easiest way for the media to deal with this: agree to Newt's terms, then pack the audience with hippies.

"Audience, in accordance with Mr. Gingrich's wishes, please express your reactions if the manner you consider appropriate."

Hell, that would even get ME to watch a GOP debate.

Well, OK, you caught me. I wouldn't actually watch it, but I'd catch the highlights on the net.


I'm telling you:

The moment someone yells "MIC CHECK" he'll change his tune.
 
2012-01-24 02:57:12 PM

I Said: Pants full of macaroni!!: This country needs a refresher course on what constitutes a debate.

I would love to see a strictly moderated actual debate structure in these things. It's not wildly easy with 9 people on stage, but it would be doable, and you could even have a round-robin tournament pre-the first primary.

Never happen, though.


Like everything else on television, the debate format is dummied down because they want it to be entertaining above all else so people watch.
 
2012-01-24 03:00:25 PM

I Said: tomasso: Easiest way for the media to deal with this: agree to Newt's terms, then pack the audience with hippies.

"Audience, in accordance with Mr. Gingrich's wishes, please express your reactions if the manner you consider appropriate."

Hell, that would even get ME to watch a GOP debate.

Well, OK, you caught me. I wouldn't actually watch it, but I'd catch the highlights on the net.

I'm telling you:

The moment someone yells "MIC CHECK" he'll change his tune.


Now THAT would be entertaining.
 
2012-01-24 03:04:57 PM

I Said: tomasso: Easiest way for the media to deal with this: agree to Newt's terms, then pack the audience with hippies.

"Audience, in accordance with Mr. Gingrich's wishes, please express your reactions if the manner you consider appropriate."

Hell, that would even get ME to watch a GOP debate.

Well, OK, you caught me. I wouldn't actually watch it, but I'd catch the highlights on the net.

I'm telling you:

The moment someone yells "MIC CHECK" he'll change his tune.


This seriously needs to happen.
 
2012-01-24 03:05:02 PM

gilgigamesh: It would be funny if the networks stood together, called his bluff, and said, "Fine, participate or don't; we will make our own rules for our debates".

Then watch Newt fold and come crawling back. What else is he going to do? Yell at the wall?


Yup. Probably won't happen, though. The media is quite spineless that way.
 
2012-01-24 03:06:38 PM

make me some tea: I Said: Pants full of macaroni!!: This country needs a refresher course on what constitutes a debate.

I would love to see a strictly moderated actual debate structure in these things. It's not wildly easy with 9 people on stage, but it would be doable, and you could even have a round-robin tournament pre-the first primary.

Never happen, though.

Like everything else on television, the debate format is dummied down because they want it to be entertaining above all else so people watch.


Someone was talking about that their cable provider still had it coming up as "Fear Factor" when the debate was on. But, I give it about 10-12 years before they just merge the debates into existing reality shows anyway. I mean, we almost effectively had an "The Apprentice" debate this year.
 
2012-01-24 03:08:09 PM

dletter: make me some tea: I Said: Pants full of macaroni!!: This country needs a refresher course on what constitutes a debate.

I would love to see a strictly moderated actual debate structure in these things. It's not wildly easy with 9 people on stage, but it would be doable, and you could even have a round-robin tournament pre-the first primary.

Never happen, though.

Like everything else on television, the debate format is dummied down because they want it to be entertaining above all else so people watch.

Someone was talking about that their cable provider still had it coming up as "Fear Factor" when the debate was on. But, I give it about 10-12 years before they just merge the debates into existing reality shows anyway. I mean, we almost effectively had an "The Apprentice" debate this year.


They could merge with Big Brother and just lock them all in a house together for a few months.
 
2012-01-24 03:14:14 PM
Without the hooting and hollering crowds, the candidates would have to rely on logic and reason and rational discourse, as opposed to blind emotion.

No wonder he wants to avoid that situation. He has no logic, reason or talent at rational discourse. He'd get his ass handed to him by Romney and Obama.
 
2012-01-24 03:20:50 PM

I Said: tomasso: Easiest way for the media to deal with this: agree to Newt's terms, then pack the audience with hippies.

"Audience, in accordance with Mr. Gingrich's wishes, please express your reactions if the manner you consider appropriate."

Hell, that would even get ME to watch a GOP debate.

Well, OK, you caught me. I wouldn't actually watch it, but I'd catch the highlights on the net.

I'm telling you:

The moment someone yells "MIC CHECK" he'll change his tune.


I thought you said hippies, not Occupiers.
 
2012-01-24 03:22:46 PM
Well, why don't you CRY about it!?
 
2012-01-24 03:25:41 PM
Headline is right on the money. That's a first
 
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